Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)

Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man




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The best of Universal-International's followups to Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, Abbott & Costello Meet the Invisible Man casts Bud and Lou as mail-order private eyes. The boys champion the cause of boxer Arthur Franz, who has been framed for murder. Utilizing the formula created by Claude Rains in the original Invisible Man (1933), Franz vanishes before Dr. Gavin Muir's astonished eyes. Cloaked by invisibility, Franz talks Bud and Lou into helping him nab the real murderer, gangster … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Frederic I. Rinaldo, Robert Lees, John Grant
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 15, 1992
Universal Pictures


as Bud Alexander

as Lou Francis

as Tommy Nelson

as Boots Marsden

as Helen Gray

as Detective Roberts

as Dr. Philip Gray

as Radio Announcer

as Waiter

as Rocky Hanlon

as Dr. Turner

as Stillwell

as Referee

as Lou's Handler

as Motorcycle Cop

as Bartender

as Ring Announcer

as Baldheaded Man

as Waiter

as Rocky's Handler
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Critic Reviews for Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

My favorite of the three Abbott and Costello vs. Universal monsters films. There are jokes in this movie that are actually laugh-out loud funny, even by today's standards. Adults will enjoy the humor. Kids like the slapstick. It's a pleasant combination.

Full Review… | October 26, 2014
Movie Chambers

Not Funny.

Full Review… | June 19, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Mediocre A&C packed with corn and laughs.

October 16, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Better than average Abbott and Costello vehicle.

December 4, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man


Just like every other Abbott and Costello movie, it's fun but very silly. Overall, it's entertaining, but it could have been better if it were a real invisible man movie instead of a comedy.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


The best of Abbott & Costello's follow-ups to meeting Frankenstein and way superior to all of the Invisible Man sequels, Meet the Invisible Man actually boasts the most laugh-out-loud moments from their monster team-ups. Oh, like the film before it, the story and action play out at an almost childlike level. Still, the boxing match alone demonstrates the high points of each franchise: great special effects and hilarious visual gags.

In this classic Universal horror-comedy, two bumbling private eyes (Abbott, Costello) help a man wrongly accused of murder (Arthur Franz) who has become invisible to help clear his name.

Filmgoers cant help but love this exceptional blending of comedy and horror. The comedy team fire on all cylinders as inept sleuths who just graduated from a detective correspondence school. What constitutes a story earns more plaudits than its contemporaries (the convict-clearing-his-name bit already got used in The Invisible Man's Return and The Invisible Man's Revenge) because its purposely played for laughs, not unintentionally.

Bottom line: H.G. Well Done

Jeff B.
Jeff Boam

Super Reviewer

Another one of my faves. The boxing match in this one is hilarious. Very, very funny.

Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer

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